Two brothers who work for the Palm Coast-based Kamil All In One company survived electrocution as they worked in a tree at 13 Commander Court in Palm Coast at 11:50 this morning. The circumstances of the incident are under investigation.
The two brothers are Corey Moore and Dante Moore. Dante Moore is registered with the Division of Corporations as the three-year-old company’s owner.
One of them “was transported as a trauma alert” by emergency helicopter, Palm Coast Fire Chief Kyle Berryhill said. The helicopter was initially headed for Halifax hospital in Daytona Breach, but changed course. Flagler County Fire Flight’s flight path at 1:45 p.m., according to Flight Aware, indicated it was heading to Orlando Regional Medical Center.
“We’re not exactly sure why they ended up in Orlando. There was no burns from a fire,” the fire chief said. ORMC is a burn center, and significant electrical shock is going to have some components of a burn injury.”
The other man was transported to AdventHealth Palm Coast by Flagler County Rescue.
A retired ICU and ICCU nurse was visiting a friend in the cul de sac when the incident took place. She immediately responded. “I just did a quick assessment on both gentlemen, obviously I was more concerned with the gentleman in the tree because he could not move,” the nurse said. “Part of the tree was attached to the wire and on fire, and the man was on metal stakes in the tree. He lost all sensation on his right upper extremity side. He was disorientated, so we tried to keep him alert.”
The man on the ground had fallen from the tree. He was more aware but probably had a broken ankle, the nurse said. “The gentleman in the tree, I had to keep talking to him, keep him alert, he was aware but disorientated, I just wanted him to stay awake, because if he didn’t stay awake, he would fall.” He was high enough in the tree to be on the equivalent of the second floor, or near the roof, of a two-story building.
The incident may have been caused by a falling branch striking a power line. At least one of the workers was operating a chain saw. The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office–among the agencies that responded–posted an announcement on its Facebook page that “FPL will be disconnecting power in the area of Commander Court, Palm Coast for possibly several hours.”
“There was a time when we shut part of the grid up there. It has since been turned back on,” Berryhill said just before 2 p.m.
Aside from the Sheriff’s Office, responders included, from the Palm Coast Fire Department, Battalion 24, Engine 22, Engine 24, Tower 24 and the Fire Police. From Flagler County Fire Rescue, Fire Flight, Rescue 22, and Rescue 41.
The retired nurse had been impressed by the response. “I want people to realize that our first responders here even though we’re a small town, are on the ball.”
OSHA–the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration–was informed of the incident.
Hat’s off to the retired nurse for moving into action.
Prayers for these workers. This is such dangerouse work.
The nurse bystander probably saved his life! Thank you for caring enough to help him.
Thank God the two men survived. Thank God for the retired nurse. Thank God for all the people who was there to help the men.
That tree looks like it needed to be removed long before this event, just from prior limb cuts.
Ray W. says
Two decades or so ago, Florida’s regulatory scheme for FP&L required the company to clear all tree limbs from the vicinity of power lines at least every 10 years. I represented a young man whose father owned a tree trimming company. The father was hired by a homeowner’s association to trim back branches near a high-voltage power line. He, too, was injured when a branch bridged the power line to the ladder. The father’s PI attorney ably represented the issues and FP&L quickly settled the case, after FP&L revealed in discovery that it hadn’t trimmed in that area for over 20 years. I haven’t looked at the regulatory scheme in a while, but the regulations might still be the same.
Watson Ila says
I want to thank everyone that was there to render aid and prayers! Those two young men are my grandson!
But first and foremost, GOD I THANK YOU FOR KEEPING YOUR HEDGE OF PROTECTION AROUND COREY AND DANTE!!
THANK YOU JESUS!! THANK YOU JESUS!🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸
Deborah Coffey says
I hope they will be alright. This is such dangerous work. Grateful for everyone involved for saving them.
Celia Pugliese says
Prayers for a speedy recovery and my deep thank you to that retired nurse that probably saved their lives. FPL should be involved in trimming a tree so overgrown and touching its wires…maybe no one including the homeowner never called FPL over not being aware of FPL’s responsibility regarding wires touching trees. Two young men working a very dangerous occupation while trying to make a living! May God heal them asap. May also the family start a fundraising for their medical bills and the loss of working ours while recovering so the community can contribute.